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Hudson makes debut in Majors

With a 94 mph, four-seam fastball delivered outside the strike zone to Josh Reddick to open the seventh inning during Friday’s 12-2 victory over Boston at U.S. Cellular Field, Daniel Hudson officially began work for his fifth team this season.

“Yeah, it’s pretty cool,” Hudson said. “It’s kind of crazy, but I’m pretty happy.”

Hudson, 22, made his Major League debut for the White Sox by hurling two scoreless innings. The right-hander hit one batter, didn’t allow a hit and struck out Brian Anderson looking.

Before the big-league promotion, Hudson had pitched for Class A Kannapolis (1-2, 1.23 ERA), Class A Winston-Salem (4-3, 3.40), Double-A Birmingham (7-0, 1.60) and Triple-A Charlotte (2-0, 3.00). He posted a 14-5 mark with a 2.32 ERA over 26 combined starts.

Arriving with the White Sox for the fifth-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft stands as the ultimate accomplishment.

“It’s pretty crazy going out there for the first time,” Hudson said. “You have an adrenaline rush and you try to keep that in the back of your head and go out and throw strikes, especially being up so big.”

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen liked what he saw from Hudson, to the point that Hudson might be used again in relief or as a spot-starter if the White Sox fall a greater distance out of contention. Hudson remains ready for any role, although the bullpen does take a bit of an adjustment.

“I’ve never relieved before but I think I can do it pretty well,” Hudson said. “You just have to make sure you are loose before you go in the game.

–For those who still care, general manager Ken Williams does not get regular updates on Bartolo Colon and doesn’t really know his exact whereabouts. It’s not exactly a thrilling situation for Williams.

“Does it bother me? A little bit. A little bit,” said Williams in sardonic tones, indicating it bothers him more than just a little.

Colon also took off on the Red Sox in 2008 when he was moved to the bullpen, but Williams seemed surprised by his 2009 disappearing act after getting put on the disabled list on July 25 with right elbow inflammation.

“Yes, I’m surprised by it,” Williams said. “But what are you going to do?”

–Guillen credited everyone from his family to his coaches to his players to his bosses after picking up career win No. 500. Then, he made this bold statement.

“Hopefully, I sit one day here and talk about my 2,000th,” Guillen said.

He then paused and broke into laughter.

“I ain’t gonna manage that long,” said a smiling Guillen. “I don’t know about 600.”

–Jermaine Dye has missed the last two days with a sore back. Mark Kotsay filled in nicely with three hits, three RBIs and an outfield assist.

–Ken ‘Hawk’ Harrelson, the entertaining White Sox television play-by-play voice, turned 68 on Friday, getting a birthday visit from White Sox mascot Southpaw during the game. Guillen jokingly guessed 96 as Hawk’s age, before wishing him a heartfelt happy birthday.

Anderson traded; Kotsay acquired

Brian Anderson got his wish to be traded, and in the process, the White Sox apparently have added a valuable veteran piece to their bench for the playoff push over the next two months.

Anderson, 27, was traded to Boston in exchange for Mark Kotsay and cash considerations on Tuesday. Kotsay, 33, is a .281 hitter with 110 home runs and 614 RBIs over 13 Major League seasons. He batted .257 with one homer and five RBIs in 27 games for the Red Sox in 2009 before being designated for assignment on July 24.

Kotsay’s arrival now makes either Dewayne Wise or Josh Fields expendable for Chicago. Kotsay ranks third among all Major League outfielders with his 113 assists since the start of the 1998 season, trailing Bobby Abreu (117) and Vladimir Guerrero (115), but also can back-up Paul Konerko at first base.

Of even greater importance is Kotsay’s .373 career average as a pinch-hitter, an extremely weak area for the White Sox at present. Wise had been serving as a defensive replacement and a left-handed hitting reserve outfielder, while Fields had been spelling both Jim Thome at designated hitter and Konerko at first base.

It was just five days ago when Anderson told that he would like to be traded so he could get a fresh start at playing regularly somewhere else. For the moment, that start doesn’t look as if it will come in Boston, as the White Sox top pick in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft will be sent to the Minors. He hit .238 with two home runs and 13 RBIs in 65 games before being optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on July 20. Anderson is a career .225 hitter, with 20 homers and 75 RBIs in 334 games.

No such thing as Minor news

Freddy Garcia turned in a solid first Minor League start for Class A Kannapolis on Sunday, allowing two hits and walking one over three scoreless innings. Garcia fanned three in the 95-degree heat and helped his own cause by inducing two double plays in Kannapolis’ 3-2 victory over Rome.

At Triple-A Charlotte, Brian Anderson is 6-for-19 with two home runs and five RBIs in the four games played since he was optioned to the Knights. Catcher Tyler Flowers is batting below .200 since his promotion to Charlotte.

And the beat goes on?

As Wayne Messmer belted out the National Anthem prior to the start of Thursday’s battle between the Cubs and White Sox, a few rows of seats were noticeably empty behind the White Sox dugout at Wrigley Field. Those areas pretty much filled in by the time the White Sox were done hitting in the top of the first, but this particular scenario represents just one small reason from the first two days of this series to give pause for thought as to whether the all-Chicago competition is as electric as it once was.

“Yeah. I thought it was down a little bit,” said White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, when asked after Wednesday’s victory whether the capacity crowd seemed a bit more subdued. “I think maybe the fact that we play them six times a year, once here and one there, and we played them like 10 times in Spring Training this year.

“It’s still fun to come here and still a great atmosphere, still fun games to be in. It just seemed like there wasn’t as much energy as there has been in the past for this series.”

The White Sox and Cubs actually played five times during Spring Training, including a two-game excursion to Cashman Field in Las Vegas. Other ideas presented by White Sox players for the series being toned down ranged from Tuesday’s rainout offering a bit of a buzz-kill to these games serving as just the second mid-week series in the 13-year history of the competition.

“D (Derrek) Lee and and I were talking at first, and we were saying how once you’ve been in it for a few years, it’s not downplayed but a little more mellow because you’ve already been through it,” White Sox center fielder Brian Anderson said of the rivalry. “I’m sure if you ask Gordon (Beckham), especially getting like eight ground balls in a row yesterday, he’s probably all into it.”

Regardless of a possible slight drop in the fever pitch, the White Sox players agree it’s still the best show in town and potentially the best rivalry in Interleague Play.

“There’s a better atmosphere here then any regular mid-week game, for sure,” White Sox pitcher John Danks said.

“Only a few people in this town root for both teams,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “If you’re a Cub fan, you’re a Cub fan. That’s the way it is. Like I say, a few people do that, they don’t care and root for both teams. But as long as we’re given an opportunity to play this game, it’s going to be a rivalry.”

Crosstown Showdown: Round 1

It’s sometimes easy to forget the managerial acumen possessed by Ozzie Guillen.

That aspect of the overall person that is Guillen often gets lost when he’s telling humorous stories about buying T-shirts that make fun of him on the streets near Wrigley Field, not to mention the other comical yarns he spins on a daily basis. But anyone who watched the White Sox in action during Wednesday’s 4-1 victory over the Cubs understands his sharp and aggressive managerial mindset and how the White Sox take their cue from their leader.

I’m not saying Guillen outmanaged Lou Piniella. In all honesty, I’m not sure if Houdini could have produced a win for the Cubs on Wednesday with as listless as that lineup looks. But the non station-to-station game played by the Whtie Sox is the sort of game Guillen would prefer to see from his team every day.

–I’m just throwing this out there and I want to see how many, if any, of you agree.

If a vote was taken today, would Scott Podsednik be the White Sox Most Valuable Player? That’s where I would throw my support, although a case could be made for everyone from Paul Konerko to Jermaine Dye to A.J. Pierzynski to Mark Buehrle. But Podsednik has changed the dynamic of this lineup.

He reached base three more times on Wednesday, having now reached base in 32 of his last 34 games, and Podsednik is hitting .315.

— Slowly but surely, the White Sox have put together what looks to be a solid bottom part of the batting order. That group includes Chris Getz, Brian Anderson and Gordon Beckham. On Wednesday, the trio reached base six combined times.

“I think we are playing well,” Beckham said. “We’ve all done something in the last couple of games. It helps that our older guys don’t always have to do it. They don’t always have to have the big hits.”

All three have helped out defensively, with Anderson still standing as one of the best with the glove in the American League at his position.

— Here’s Podsednik’s take on the importance of doing the little things in victory.

“That’s what we haven’t been doing in series before this one,” Podsednik said. “That’s what we needed to clean up a little bit: The way we handled the bats, getting guys over, getting guys in with less than two outs. So, the team that takes the field and is able to do those things consistently is going to be able to win games.”

–Guillen had these words of encouragement for Cubs fans after another tough home loss.

“They’ve got a good ballclub,” Guillen said. “If I had to bet, with all respect to St. Louis, Milwaukee and all those teams, the Cubs are going to be in the pennant race.

“Just people in Chicago relax. Quit panicking. Worry about something else. Worry about your family, the kids going back to school and having good grades. Don’t worry about the Cubs, they’ll be fine.”

On Tuesday night, Guillen predicted the Cubs would win the National League Central by 10 games.

Quentin leaves the game

Carlos Quentin pulled up lame while running out a double in the first inning of Monday’s contest with the Angels at Angel Stadium.

Quentin’s double to center scored a run, but as he turned the corner around first base, he began to limp and favor his left foot. When Quentin reached second base, he bent over in pain and acting manager Joey Cora and athletic trainer Herm Schneider came out to check on him. Quentin originally was helped from the field but walked to the dugout under his own power, replaced at second by Brian Anderson.

With Anderson’s entrance and Quentin’s injury, Scott Podsednik moved from center to left and Anderson took over in center. Quentin missed five games from May 16-20 with a sore left heel, diagnosed as planter fasciitis.

Contreras on the right track

Jose Contreras picked up his first victory of the 2009 season last night.

The veteran hurler probably did not expect win No. 1 to be coming in Scranton, while pitching for Triple-A Charlotte. But it’s a step in the right direction for the right-hander, who struck out five, walked five and gave up three hits over six scoreless innings.

Contreras is one of the true good guys in the game, and while our job is to be impartial and report the news, you have to root for someone such as Contreras who fought so hard to come back from his ruptured left Achilles suffered last August. His return also will be a much-needed boost for the White Sox rotation, moving forward with an eye on the American League Central title.

Judging by just 57 of his 108 pitches going for strikes, Contreras still has some work to do. But Contreras made the request to go to Charlotte to pitch regularly and figure out what has been wrong to start the season. Basically, he has to harness control of his split-finger.

As for Brian Anderson, on a brief injury rehab for a strained right oblique, he finished 2-for-4 with a triple during the Knights’ 2-0 victory. I expect Anderson back with the team in Toronto this weekend, and at the very latest, when the White Sox return to Chicago this Tuesday.

Quentin scratched

Carlos Quentin was scratched from Tuesday night’s lineup in Cleveland due to soreness in his left heel that has been bothering him for the past three days. Quentin was to receive a Cortisone shot, and manager Ozzie Guillen said Quentin also was not going to start Wednesday afternoon’s series finale at Progressive Field.

In other injury-related news, Brian Anderson is set to join Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday to begin his injury rehab assignment for a strained right oblique. Anderson, who said on Tuesday that he felt the best he has since the injury, could re-join the team this weekend in Toronto.

Tuesday thoughts

Many e-mailers and friends of mine, not to mention callers into Chicago sports radio, seem to be ready to drop Gavin Floyd from the rotation. That’s not going to happen any time soon, not with Floyd having agreed to the a four-year, $15.5 million deal during Spring Training, which exhibits the White Sox confidence and commitment to the right-hander. But there also isn’t a natural replacement for Floyd, even if he continues to face disastrous results on the mound.

One thing important for Floyd is that he doesn’t seem to be panicking during these tough times. Floyd always has possessed the talent to be a frontline starter, but it was a changed mindset since he joined the White Sox that helped him rise to a 17-game-winner in 2008. That season could be a one-hit wonder for Floyd, but as long he believes in himself and doesn’t lose that focus, I think he will bounce back. Maybe not to 17 wins but to re-establishing himself as a starter who gives the White Sox a regular chance to win.

–Brian Anderson could be back as soon as this weekend in Toronto. He will go on a brief Minor League rehab assignment first, according to manager Ozzie Guillen. But when I talked to Anderson on Sunday, he said that he felt amazing swinging the bat. Dewayne Wise might start taking batting practice this weekend in Toronto.

— The University of Michigan will be proudly represented in Ohio tonight with Clayton Richard on the mound, Chris Getz at second base and me in the pressbox (clearly the least important of the three in regard to the game’s outcome). White Sox fans are hoping Getz and Richard perform better than the Wolverines have in Columbus over the past five or six years.

Just as a side note, as I was walking through Cleveland’s airport yesterday, I noticed a couple of people shaking their heads as they walked by and a few giving me dirty looks. I don’t really know too many people here, so I didn’t think I had developed any true detractors. Then, I realized I was wearing my University of Michigan hooded sweatshirt in enemy territory. Jeers from Buckeyes’ fans mean little to me.

— How about those Blackhawks? I can’t remember the city being this excited about hockey since the days of the storied rivalry with the Edmonton Oilers featuring Wayne Gretzky, Grant Fuhr, Mark Messier, etc., including the franchise’s Stanley Cup loss to the Penguins. I went to last Tuesday’s game, the last one they lost, and the United Center was beyond electric.

I’m curious how Chicago would celebrate an NHL title, with it having been so long since they even made the playoffs. But I think the Hawks beat the Red Wings in an historic Western Conference final and then win the Stanley Cup.

As one Facebrook friend pointed out to me, I did pick Richard Jenkins to win Best Actor at the Oscars. But I also picked North Carolina to win the NCAA hoops title.

More from the game tonight.

Getz scratched

Chris Getz was scratched from Saturday’s starting lineup prior to the game’s first pitch. A bruised middle finger on the second baseman’s right hand was given as the reason for his absence.

Brent Lillibridge replaced Getz in the field and in the leadoff spot. Lillibridge was scheduled to start in center and hit second against Toronto left-hander Brian Burres, with Brian Anderson in right and Jermaine Dye getting moved to designated hitter with Jim Thome receiving a one-game respite. The Getz scratch gave Jerry Owens a rare start in center, hitting ninth.